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Advice from dad and important tips for men that you wish your dad had shared with you as a kid!
  • If you feel like you’re lacking and don’t feel confident enough in life, you should try to fix your own shortcomings so that you can progress in life and become more self-confident. Working on your own flaws is pretty easy once you know how, so don’t feel too daunted by the prospect of doing this. It should all be geared towards improving your confidence and making you feel better equipped to succeed in life.

  • Fishing is one of the most fun sports that I can think of. It’s a great way to enjoy nature and time away from technology while bonding with our brothers and testing our skills against nature. Unfortunately, as people travel farther and farther to enjoy new locations, we are taking invasive species with us. When introduced in new environments, these invaders can wreak havoc on their new environment and potentially lead to the destruction of what once made that area great. Luckily, there are things you can do to help limit their spread and preserve waterways such as Montana’s streams, rivers and lakes for generations to come.

  • There once was a time when I looked at cell phone cases simply as something "other people" bought... I didn't need a case, I'm always careful with my phone. Right? Wrong... The reality is that phones today are super fragile and at the same time exposed to all sorts of different dangers from accidental drops to being scratched against keys in your pocket or backpack. That's why it's important to select the right case and not all are created equal!

  • For us men, the summer can only mean three things: warm beer, terrible t-shirt tan lines and firing up the grill. But while we can live with the first two spanners in the works, nothing is worse than letting a barbecue bash fall into the realm of disappointing. That’s where we are meant to thrive. It’s where we’re meant to come alive as cooks, hosts, and humans.

  • A lot of us feel that we need to hold up a certain image to the world. As young boys, we are told to be supermen - "real men don't cry" - and other lessons to toughen us up. While I'm strongly in favor of encouraging boys and men to stand up for themselves, tackle obstacles, and generally "be men" about things in life. However, just like few people teach us how to SPEND money vs saving it... few of us ever learned how to know when to ask for help. Instead, asking for help is looked at as a weakness.

  • I absolutely love fishing and some of my best and oldest memories involve sitting in a boat hoping to catch some fish. However, as much fun as it might be to simply sit there and be men while harvesting your dinner - it's essential that we are good stewards of this important natural resource. This is even more challenging when you travel to new areas where you might be less familiar with regulations and are ultimately farther away from your kitchen. However, here are some tips and advice that I've learned over the years to help men be more responsible fishermen when they travel.

  • Garages are wonderful things. So much so that they’re a non-negotiable addition on many a home buyer’s list. Not only do they provide private protected parking, but they also give you the option to expand your living space or even just simply store "stuff". In an age where we’re growing out of our homes like there’s no tomorrow, that’s a sure plus. Unfortunately for those of you who might be looking at that space out back that hasn't been used in ages... watch out! There may be some unexpected surprises waiting for you in there...

  • Auto insurance can be confusing and there are TONS of options today. The most important thing to remember is that while you probably will never have to use your auto insurance policy, it's still important to shop properly for it. To help with this, here are some tips that you can use to save money on auto insurance.

  • You know how it is; the list of DIY jobs never fades. Instead, there seems to be a new project every weekend. Whether it’s converting the garage or installing new lights; you can be sure there’s always something. So, it should come as no surprise that many of us rush into projects in attempts to get them over with. On the weekend, we might attempt to start and finish something on Saturday so we can unwind on Sunday. However, we should never forget the saying, "Measure Twice... Cut Once!" It's as true today as it was when your grandfather told it to your father, so don't forget it.

  • When you first pass your driving test you are so reliant on your driving instructor that actually setting off and driving yourself is an exciting, but daunting prospect. It’s true that you only actually start learning to drive properly once you have passed. It’s essential to know exactly how to drive safely and put knowledge into practice.

  • There are all sorts of guys getaways, but at the core of a mancation is letting loose and being manly men without regard to many societal norms. That means it's OK to fart and burp but there are phrases that should never be uttered (unless you want to face the ire and ridicule of your comrades!).

  • The annual marijuana celebration "4/20" is this week on April 20. Unlike past years, this year sees the addition of several new states where the drug is now legal for adult recreational use. These include my home state of California where we're starting to see both the good - and bad of the policy shift. As someone who supports legalization, it's important to remember that just because something is legal, it is still a privilege. Don't abuse it! That includes knowing your physical and mental limits as well as when and where to enjoy it responsibly.

  • It's spring and that means that it's time for "Spring Cleaning"... that's never fun for anyone, but now's a great time to clean up your garage. While you might have shoved stuff in your garage over the winter, chances are you could use some extra space this summer for everything from a mancave, party pad, workshop - or even parking a car. We like the idea of turning it into a mancave most though!

  • Air Conditioning is an essential part of life nowadays, and anything of real value needs utmost care and attention. Are there hot and cold spots in your air-conditioned room? Do you have pressure imbalance - strange whistling noises, doors closing by themselves, drafty areas - anywhere? Are you getting little to no air coming from your AC? Is your AC blowing warm air? Now that spring is here, it is the perfect time to take a look at your air conditioner and plan for any updates that might be needed - before the summer rush!

  • Every stylish man needs at least one sophisticated, unrivaled suit. While most businesses have instituted "casual workplace wear" these days, there is no debate that a well fitted suit will instantly make any man look better to women, as well as being more respected by other men. In fact, possibly even more important is that when you look good you feel good and that confidence boost will make EVERYTHING you do better and more effective. Whether you wear it to work or don it for a special occasion, you definitely want to have that one suit in your wardrobe which sets itself... and you, apart from the rest.

    A lot of men think buying a high-quality suit implies rushing to the nearest high-end store or bespoke tailor, and purchasing a suit which costs a ton of money. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. Getting a great and a well-fitted suit is easier and more personalized when you get it custom made.

  • Going hunting with your dogs can be fun and help you to flush out prey as well as retrieve the kills for you through the brush, grasses, and water. This should be a positive experience for both you and your dogs, but it is important to properly prepare them for their first hunt. The following guide walks you through a few tips to use to ensure that you are able to create a great hunting experience for you and your dogs.

  • Most people have looked up into the night sky and become enchanted by the moons beauty and thought about taking a photograph. Unfortunately for most of us, what's ultimately captured doesn't reflect what we saw with our eyes. However, that can change with the right equipment and a bit of patience to get the right shot. Whether it is a lunar eclipse, a full moon or something in between, the sight is breathtaking when you get it right!

  • At this point, most guys I know have at least some history of wagering, betting, gambling... we've done it at the track, in Vegas casinos, or simply on poker night with our friends. However, the concept of online gambling has been something that is both appealing - and scary for a lot of us. For me, the scariest part of anything is simply not knowing what to expect. 

  • Colds... everyone hates them and most of us get one at least once per year. Despite this being one of the most common sicknesses, most of us really don't understand what it is or even why they are called colds in the first place. Let's take a look and learn some cool facts about colds.

  • As fun and exciting as travel can be, it almost always causes disruptions to your existing routines. Most notably, these include eating, exercise, and sleep schedules - all things that are essential for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. For people with diabetes though, these are more than just minor disruptions and so it's important to consider ways to maintain your routine and plan for those inevitable disruptions before it becomes a major issue needing immediate attention.

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